Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 1st, 2019: On Your Toes

Breezy but pleasant commuting conditions today:

Monday Weather

Monday Sunny, with a high near 49. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph.

Monday Night Clear, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Sunrise: 6:40am

Sunset: 7:21pm

And it looks like it's only going to get warmer from here:


Maybe this whole "spring" thing is really going to happen after all.

Of course spring means ticketing, and between that and the fact that it's April Fools' Day you'll want to stay on your toes.  (It takes an especially annoying type of person to pull an April Fools' prank on a Monday.)  And speaking of April Fools' pranks, I wish this were one, but sadly it was tweeted on March 29th:

I'm not sure if the "they're" refers to the bike lanes or to the cyclists themselves, but either way it's quite revealing.  Just imagine this in any other context: "School's back in session!  Love 'em or hate 'em, but there will be lots of children around, so try not to run them over!"  I mean, is it really that hard to put together a throwaway Vision Zero tweet that doesn't dehumanize anybody?

It's also a fine line between dehumanizing people and inventing them out of whole cloth so you can ticket them:

His supervisor saw Shepard inside the 17th Precinct station house until 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 25. The bicyclist’s offense was supposedly committed at 11 a.m.

No “Carlos Dejesus,” the name on the ticket, lived at the address on the summonses

Ticketing cyclists rolling slowly through red lights at T-intersections is like shooting a fish in a barrel, but he couldn't even be bothered to walk over to the barrel.

In other news, Polly Trottenberg explained the benefits of bike lanes on Freakonomics Radio:

DUBNER: So, I do know that when you add a lane to a highway, let’s say, it actually doesn’t ease congestion because it draws demand, right?

TROTTENBERG: Induced demand is the phrase you’re looking for.

DUBNER: Right. So is it the case that when you subtract a lane of car traffic and replace it with a bike lane, that actually it does not cause car congestion problems?

TROTTENBERG: I’m happy to say, if you take out that lane but you redesign the street at the same time, you make the traffic move in a more orderly way, you put in turn lanes, and you change the signaling, you can keep the traffic speed some cases better, and a lot of cases sort of the same, while also adding in a safe space for cyclists. And just one of the statistics, where we put in bike lanes, we see huge safety improvements, not only for cyclists, who we consider a vulnerable population on the street, but for pedestrians and for motorists too, because it calms the traffic and it organizes it better.

Imagine that.

And finally, a Staten Island Advance editorial says that instead of having congestion we should just move the Citi Bikes inside:

Citibike has become an important component of transportation for thousands of New Yorkers, yet the placement of the bike stands has removed thousands of parking spots from Manhattan.

Citibike stations should be moved from parking lanes, and where practical, on to sidewalks and even to indoor public spaces.


Might as well put them on the subway platforms while we're at it.

Anyway, I was pretty sure I'd read this before, especially when I saw the phrase "foolish 'no turns' signs."  Indeed I had, for this is the work of Herbert W. Stupp, who published a similarly inane piece in Newsday not too long ago.

He really hates "no turns" signs, doesn't he?  Not surprising for someone whose brain apparently only runs in circles.